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Interior Design Manager (Spec Writer)

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The Interior Designer Manager (Spec Writer) provides design quality assurance and design management services on new build and conversion projects-- including managed, franchised, and company-owned hotels, to ensure brand compliance and operational acceptability.

• Provides technical reviews of drawings and other submittals for franchised or managed projects to ensure conformance with brand design standards.

• Provide conceptual design studies, sketch plans, and criteria/facilities programs for projects as required.
• Applies design talent to problem solving design exercises to achieve cost efficient results that align with the brand standards and the brand strategy.
• Communicates and coordinates with internal disciplines to ensure the integration of relevant input in project reviews.
• Coordinates review/approval (with participation from appropriate disciplines) of variances from brand standards requested by owners due to specific project circumstances.
• Provides information, interpretation, and guidance to outside owners and their consultants, as well as internal design and construction staff, for adapting brand standards to specific projects.
• Leads conversion scope site visits and prepares Property Improvement Plans (PIPs). Supervises, directs, motivates, and trains assigned staff and outside consultants as necessary.
• Tracks and maintains project data and milestones utilizing a database tool.
• Assists Design Strategies team in the maintenance and development of brand prototype documentation.
• Maintains clear communication with all department management levels and advises/consults on sensitive owner or project issues.

Specific Candidate Profile

• 4-year undergraduate degree in Architecture or related design discipline from an accredited college or university.

• A minimum of 6-8 years of progressive experience in architectural design at a design firm for large commercial or hospitality projects.

• A minimum of 6-8 years of experience in the preparation and coordination of architectural construction documents and coordination of consultants.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills / excellent interpersonal skills.

• Ability to work well in a high volume, fast-paced environment as a member of a collaborative team.

• Good architectural design skills, technical and project management skills.

• Good business judgment and creative problem solving attributes.

• Strong conceptual design/freehand sketching and/or digital presentation abilities.

• Computer skills: electronic mark-up software, word processing, spreadsheet, database, CAD.

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